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South Carolina State Plan

South Carolina State Plan

South Carolina State Plan

[South Carolina State Plan Website]
  • Initial Approval: November 30, 1972
  • State Plan Certification: July 28, 1976
  • 18(e) Final Approval: December 15, 1987

The South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Plan (SCOSH) is part of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, which is headed by the Director. The main office is located in Columbia, South Carolina.


SCOSH exercises jurisdiction over all private sector and state and local government workplaces within the state with the exception of: private sector maritime activities; employment on military bases; Savannah River and Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority private sector employment; federal government workers; and the United States Postal Service.

Unique State Plan Standards and Regulations

State Plans must set workplace safety and health standards that are "at least as effective" as OSHA standards. State Plans may promulgate standards that are more stringent than the comparable federal standards or promulgate standards covering hazards not addressed by federal standards. SCOSH has identically adopted all OSHA standards and regulations applicable to private sector and state and local government employment and does not have any unique standards.

Enforcement Programs

SCOSH Compliance is responsible for the enforcement of its safety and health standards. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in SCOSH can be found on the South Carolina State Plan website.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

SCOSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. SCOSH also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both state and local government and private sector - comply with SCOSH or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the South Carolina State Plan website.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

Employers, workers, and worker representatives have the right to contest citations issued by SCOSH. When a citation is contested, the case is reviewed by the South Carolina Administrative Law Court. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the South Carolina State Plan website.

Contact Information

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation
  • Division of Occupational Safety and Health
  • P.O. Box 11329
  • Columbia, South Carolina 29211-1329
  • (803) 896-7665
  • (803) 896-7670
  • Richele Taylor, Director
  • Dorothy "Dottie" Ison, Occupational Safety and Health Administrator
  • (803) 896-7686
  • Dorothy "Dottie" Ison


OSHA makes every effort to ensure that this webpage is accurate and up-to-date; however, for the latest information please contact the State Plan directly.

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